Some "Old As Dirt" Southern Sayings
Are you a hon, a suga, or a dumpling?
Many of the sayings I grew up thinking were nothing unusual, weren’t……if you lived in the south. To this day, I can’t figure out which sayings are purely southern until someone giggles and says, “You must be from the south”. For years, I tried to get rid of this strong southern accent, but not anymore-it’s me. So, as a southern girl through and through, let me share some of our silly sayings with you!
Here are a few you may have heard:
He is old as Methuselah. Wonder if he had to spell his name in first grade? Did you know he was 969 years old when he died? Whew, I get tired just thinking about it!
You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I have said this one a hundred times in my life and never knew it originated in the south.
He ain’t got a pot to pee in. I expect the poor fellow is broke!
I’m going to see a man about a mule. When my dad would say this one, it meant he had business to take care of and was not sharing it with us.
You can’t trust her far as you can throw her. Not a person you’d want to loan money, for sure!
He can’t hit the broad side of a barn.This one describes my aim with a baseball!
She’s mad as a wet hen. Evidently hens don’t like getting wet.
I remember my mom saying Jehoshaphat if something surprised her and it always had an exclamation behind it. I wonder if she knew he was a figure in the Bible or if it was another one of those sayings that just stuck.
There a many more southern sayings and colloquialisms, but does the south have more than other parts of the country? I didn’t think so until I found …a Southern Slang Dictionary for anyone getting ready to visit the south. http://littlerock.about.com/cs/southernlife/a/aasouthslang.htm Ya’ll is one of my favorites and believe me, once this one comes out, everyone knows you are a southerner!
I have a test for you. Do you know the meanings of the following words?
Cattywampus: A. Broken B. Askew C. Literally
Darn Tootin: A. Correct B. Aggravating C. Impossible
Fit as a Fiddle: A. Overweight B. Shapely C. Good Shape
Bowed Up: A. In a Knot B. Ill-humored C. Humorous
Hankering: A. Desire B. Habit C. Toothache
Lickety Split: A. Fencing B. Tongue Suppressor C. Quick
Over Yonder: A. Over the moon B. Over the top C. Over there
Answers: B, A, C, B, A, C, C
Now, just how much did you know about Southern Colloquialisms? Even if you are not a “from here”, but a “come here”, if you’ve been down here long enough, these words may be a part of your new southern lingo. If not, but you want to visit us, study your Southern Dictionary and come on down, ya’ll! If you’re lucky, someone may offer you some collards or turnip salad cooked with fatback. Just don’t forget to tell them to include some of the pot liquor! Umm…Umm Good!
Enjoy a couple of Southern jokes:
A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road,
and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind
Then he got back in the car to wait. A passerby studied the scene as he
drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the
fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, ‘I have a flat tire.’
The passerby asked, ‘But what’s with the flowers?’
The man responded, ‘When you break down they tell you to put flares in the
front and flares in the back. Hey, it makes no sense to me neither.’
You can say what you want about the South, but I never heard of anyone wanting to retire to the north.
James Taylor-"Carolina In My Mind"
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